How to programmatically define a global variable (module)?

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I would like to define globals in a "programmatic" way. Something similar to what I want to do would be:

definitions = {'a': 1, 'b': 2, 'c': 123.4}
for definition in definitions.items():
    exec("%s = %r" % definition)  # a = 1, etc.

Specifically, I want to create a module fundamentalconstants that contains variables that can be accessed as fundamentalconstants.electron_mass, etc., where all values are obtained through parsing a file (hence the need to do the assignments in a "programmatic" way).

Now, the exec solution above would work. But I am a little bit uneasy with it, because I'm afraid that exec is not the cleanest way to achieve the goal of setting module globals.


You can set globals in the dictionary returned by globals():

definitions = {'a': 1, 'b': 2, 'c': 123.4}
for name, value in definitions.items():
    globals()[name] = value